Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A Little Story About A BIG Boy (SPD)
This story is of course true and is about Aiden and me. You could say I “hit a wall” in trying to figure out what to do with him and his INTENSEness in every area of our lives. I am wore out most days by the time Steve cames home from constantly trying to put a protective shield around my little tornado us and our house. We have fixed 4 holes in our walls where he went down the stairs and hit the wall - with.his.head - it never even hurt him. We have holes in doors where he dropped chairs. He broke my nose when he accidentally was giving me a hug. I tell him to jump on the floor and not the couch and he smiles at me and say “I was just kissing it” (and he REALLY means it). Well, I decided it was time to find some help.
So I got sick.
Yup, I started getting sick Sunday and it got worse last night and I have been in bed all day today. But I have put my time to good use and have been doing a lot of research and lookin’ into how to help my little man.
I had read a book which I saw at this blog by Lisa called Sensational Kids, by Lucy Jane Miller several months ago and teasing told Steve then that I really thought Aiden might have some Sensory Processing “red flags” in the Sensory Seeking area, but then I kind of let it go. Well, I picked it back up yesterday and really felt that Steve and I needed to look into this. And our little Aiden has MORE THAN ONE of the red flags for the Sensory Seekers.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder? You can find out here...Hartley did such a good job that I don’t feel I need to rewrite it. You can also read her article on Sensory Seekers if you want to here.
Here are a few exerts for the Sensational Kids book that really stood out to me.
“Sensory seekers are often responsive, creative, and fun to be around. They can be immensely enjoyable. But when their drive for sensory stimulation is running their lives and running the lives of those around them, they can be overwhelming, too.”
“...the sensory craver’s extreme need for sensation is on a constant collision course with behavioral expectations. The headlong rush to sensation not only appears willful but can and does lead to injuries and property damage.”
I decided to share here about our walk with Aiden as we learn what we need to do to support him as he grow up to be all that the LORD has created him to be. Just as we did when we struggled with Kalyn’s learning needs (which is Dyslexia), I want to learn about Aiden’s needs and how to best help him.
So stay tuned, there will be more to come on this...may be (if I can possibly keep up with him), I will write a “day in the life” of our little energizer.